Okay, we all know that the Chicago Fire was awarded the Supporters Shield a week or two ago. I'm sure someone else has thought of this, but I didn't find a thread on it. (Mods, please merge if I've missed it.) But here is my question: Before yesterday, the last Saturday in the MLS regular season schedule, it was mathematically possible for the Earthquakes to finish even on points with the Fire, that is, if the Quakes had won against LA last night and if Chicago loses against Columbus today. Soooo... why were they crowned with the Supporters Shield so early? Is there something about the awarding of the Supporters Shield I'm not aware of? Someone in the know please explain.